Individually Designed Interdisciplinary Major Concentration



What is an Individually Designed Interdisciplinary Major Concentration (IDIMC)?

            The IDIMC presents students with an opportunity to look closely at their professional goals and combine disciplines that will complement one another.  Students in the Middle Level program within the College of Education and Social Services must combine two disciplines to create their own 36-credit hour major concentration.

The intent behind the major concentration requirement in the State of Vermont is for students to be better overall learners.  Although the major concentration does assist in preparing teachers for the classroom environment, it is intended to provide a liberal studies focus, exposing students to theory based courses offered in other colleges.


Who should declare an IDIMC?

            All students who are in the Middle Level program must complete an IDIMC.  Please note that the requirements for the Middle Level IDIMC will look slightly different than IDIMC’s for other programs.


How do I declare my Major Concentration as an IDIMC? 

            Students must work with a faculty member in the college to write an IDIMC. Use this time with faculty as an opportunity to discuss professional goals, determine which disciplines will work best in meeting those goals, and to review a draft of your IDIMC rationale.   

During a students’ sophomore or junior year a proposal, including a list of courses and a rationale must be submitted to the Office of Student Services, 528 Waterman.  Each IDIMC will be reviewed by faculty in the college and presented to the Student Affairs Committee.   Students will be notified of the outcome approximately one month (when the University is in session) after the IDIMC is submitted.  The committee will either approve, deny, or ask that the proposal be rewritten.


Writing your IDIMC Proposal

            The IDIMC proposal consists of two sections.  The first is selecting the courses that will be completed as part of your IDIMC. The second is writing a rationale.  The faculty within the college are resources for you as you move through this process.  It is in your best interest to have your faculty advisor review your course selections and rationale before submitting your IDIMC for approval. 


Selecting Courses:

·        All Middle Level students must select TWO disciplines, each with 18-credits, for a 36-credit hour IDIMC.

·        Depending upon the discipline, students may have the opportunity to combine prefixes.  Some examples are that Math can be a combination of MATH and STAT courses, Fine Arts may combine ART, MUS, and/or THE courses.  The State of Vermont specifies these combinations.

·        Disciplines must be diverse from one another.  Specific disciplines that are also included under another “umbrella” discipline are not allowed.  An example is that a student may not select Fine Art and Humanities and their two disciplines, because Fine Arts is considered one area within Humanities.  

·        When looking at the 36-credits collectively, only 15 credits are able to be at the 0-99 level.  The remaining 21 credits must be at the 100 level (or above).  At least 3 credits must be at the 200 level (or above). 

·        A form is attached to fill in your course selections and is intended to be used as the cover sheet for your proposal.



The State of Vermont has determined specific disciplines to be minor areas for Middle Level students.  Once disciplines are determined, it is the student’s responsibility to work with faculty to assure that the University of Vermont is able to offer enough variety in course selection and levels to be able to complete coursework in the selected areas.


            The following are State of Vermont approved disciplines: 


            Art                                           Cultural/International Studies     Design                                      English/Language Arts      Family & Consumer Science                 Fine Arts

            Humanities                                Health  Mathematics                             Modern Language

            Music                                       Physical Education                                Science                                    History and Social Sciences             Technology Education


Writing your Rationale

Use approximately 2 pages to answer the following questions:


1.      What are your professional goals?


2.      Why have you selected these two disciplines for your IDIMC?  Please reflect on how these disciplines complement one another in terms of their content and emphasis.


3.      How do you see these two disciplines combining to make you a better-educated individual (not just a better teacher)?


4.      How do you see these two disciplines as combining to make you a better teacher?


5.      How do you see the combining of these disciplines to be mutually beneficial in meeting your goals and objectives?


6.      How will this IDIMC enhance your liberal studies education?


If you have any questions as your move through the IDIMC process, you may either see your advisor, or contact:

Linda Kasper,

Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Services

E-mail:   lkasper@zoo.uvm.edu

Phone:    802.656.0010 / 802.656.8208